Tag Archives: volunteer firefighters

Allegations of Falsified Time Sheets Result in State Auditor Demanding Former Fire Chief and Two Firefighters Pay Back More Than $75k

Keith Faber, the State of Ohio’s Chief Auditor, has demanded the former Union City Fire Chief and two of her subordinates (one of which is the chief’s husband) repay more than $75,000 following allegations of falsified “payroll time sheets.” Pamela Idle, the former chief of the Union City Fire Department, former firefighters Craig Idle (Chief Idle’s husband) and Brian Stump ...

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Volunteer Fire Company Sues CT Town Over Volunteer Stipends

An unusual battle between an independent volunteer fire company and a rural New England town has resulted in the fire company filing a lawsuit against the town. In a March 31 lawsuit—filed in New London Superior Court—the Gardner Lake Volunteer Fire Company alleges the Town of Salem, CT is unlawfully withholding almost $28,000 earmarked for volunteer firefighter stipends from the ...

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City hall makes it tough for city employee to volunteer as a firefighter

Today’s FLSA Question: I am an administrative assistant for a small municipal fire department. My job is primarily related to scheduling inspections, handling public information requests, ordering supplies, and handling payroll for our full-time and part-time paid staff. Our organization has a mixture of full-time, part-time and volunteer firefighters. The volunteers do not receive any money for serving as volunteers, ...

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FLSA Overtime Exemption for Small Fire Departments

Today’s FLSA Question: I am a paid firefighter for a small non-profit volunteer fire company. Our organization has a large group of volunteer firefighters and an all-volunteer chief and command staff. I am one of two full-time (Monday-Friday) firefighters. I am treated as an hourly employee, however, I do not receive any overtime. Between trainings, after-hours calls, and regularly scheduled ...

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Combination Departments, Collective Bargaining, and Compensability of Training Time

Today’s FLSA Question: I am an assistant chief for a small combination fire department. In addition to myself and the chief, our department consists of 9 full-time paid firefighters and over 20 dedicated volunteers. The full-time firefighters work a 24/48 schedule on a 14-day work period. We recently negotiated a change in the paid firefighters’ union contract related to training ...

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Combination Fire Departments and the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: I just got hired as one of two paid firefighters who work weekdays for a volunteer fire department. My partner and I are the only employees. I have been a volunteer here since high school. Part of accepting the position required me to stop volunteering as a firefighter. I can still respond on major calls, but I ...

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Rhode Island Firefighter Files FLSA Suit Against Town of East Greenwich

William Perry, a firefighter and dispatcher for the East Greenwich Fire Department, has filed an FLSA suit against his employer, the Town of East Greenwich, Rhode Island. The suit which was filed on March 23, 2018, in federal court alleges the town willfully violated the FLSA over the past three years. Perry is seeking back wages, liquidated damages, and attorney’s ...

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They are volunteers . . . Right?

Today’s FLSA Question: I am the chief of a small but increasingly busy volunteer fire and EMS department. Our volunteers are paid $12 per hour when responding to calls. I was picking up the firefighters’ 1099s last month, and the accountant asked me a question about “our employees.” This caught me by surprise. I told her we have volunteers, not ...

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